Foolish to Choose Morning Joe Crowd Over Bannon and Voters

The empire always strikes back. And permanent Washington wants to retake the power and prestige it lost at the hands of Donald Trump over the past 18 months. The bipartisan media monopoly closed ranks in opposition to Trump and he won anyway. Desperate and discredited the same forces that opposed Trump before the

By | 2017-04-21T00:03:24+00:00 April 15th, 2017|

The Art of the Possible in an Age of Recrimination

As Otto von Bismarck several times had occasion to observe, “Politics is the art of the possible.” On at least one occasion he added, “the attainable—the art of the next best.” Since, as Henry Kissinger once observed in a long essay on Bismarck, the Prussian colossus was a “revolutionary” who sought not to “adapt [his]

By | 2017-03-26T20:39:35+00:00 March 26th, 2017|

Ryancare Will Destroy The Republican Majority

Failing to repeal Obamacare would be “the ultimate betrayal of the electorate.” That’s what Charles Krauthammer said just last month. He was right. Congressional Republicans have been defined by nothing so much as their opposition to Obamacare since 2009. That opposition has been the source of four successful elections that have seen Republicans gain 62

By | 2017-03-20T22:52:25+00:00 March 20th, 2017|

Political Violence and Coming-of-Age for an American Student

The recent events at Middlebury College should have been a jolting reminder that all is not well in our polarized culture or, especially, in our institutions of higher learning. The level of chaos on display two weeks ago was incongruent with the understanding most of us have about the experience of university life, and somehow even

By | 2017-03-14T22:03:29+00:00 March 14th, 2017|

Real Healthcare Reform Will Require a Fight

If you think we got the American Health Care Act (variously nicknamed RyanCare or TrumpCare) because the conservative establishment has once again sold us down the river, I’ve got some oceanfront real estate in Arizona I’d like to show you. Paul Ryan and Donald Trump are not the problem, we are. Rather, our silence is.

By | 2017-03-09T17:00:46+00:00 March 9th, 2017|

Washington, D.C. Needs a Recession

Banish the bureaucrats! It's time to see some outsourcing of federal jobs in America's Capital City or, perhaps, just serious layoffs. Visiting the District of Columbia is an awful experience when you work hard to support your family out in the hinterlands. You arrive in a place with constant construction. Houses that would be $300,000

By | 2017-03-07T18:29:56+00:00 March 7th, 2017|

On the Moderation of Donald Trump

Moderation is a virtue, a human excellence. As Aristotle described it, moderation is a habit of choosing the mean between too much and too little. After President Trump's speech last week to a joint session of Congress, the inanity that Trump "became President tonight" was the new mantra of many in the media.

By | 2017-03-06T11:03:05+00:00 March 6th, 2017|

Donald Trump Hasn’t Changed—And That’s a Good Thing

When President Donald J. Trump walked into the Capitol on Tuesday evening to give his first speech to a joint session of Congress after his first month in office, the mood among the political establishment was apprehensive. Before the speech, the news cycle churned with stories about how the president was set to moderate his

By | 2017-03-01T00:57:17+00:00 March 1st, 2017|

CPAC 2017: An Autopsy

President Trump at CPAC: For a few shining moments, the conference had the feel of a political movement with a future. Author’s note: I have prepared this piece in accordance with the factual standards used by CNN and Buzzfeed. Any “fake news” is thus immune from criticism. Shortly after the opening ceremonies of

By | 2017-02-27T21:24:47+00:00 February 27th, 2017|